IPL 2018: Vizag happy to host if matches are moved out of Chennai

IPL 2018: Vizag happy to host if matches are moved out of Chennai

The Cauvery Water Dispute (CWD) has been a major bone of contention in Chennai.

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Harbhajan Singh of Chennai Super Kings celebrates fall of Sunil Narine’s wicket. (Photo: IANS)

The current scenario in Chennai has turned murkier owing to the Cauvery Water District (CWD). Prominent personalities like Rajinikanth and several political parties asked for the matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be shifted out of Chennai in a bid to protest against the issue. However, tournament authorities carried on with the schedule.

The security prior to the game between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was tightened as over 4000 policemen were present at the venue to curb any mishap. However, despite the security, the players faced the wrath of the public who were present at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Shoes were hurled at Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja after which two were arrested.

“More than willing”- Arun Kumar

In light of the deteriorating situation, the remaining home matches of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been decided to be shifted out of the city. Meanwhile, Arun Kumar, the general secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association (ACC), has expressed his eagerness to have Visakhapatnam as a host for the remaining matches.

“We are more than willing to hold the matches here and we will be very happy if Vizag is chosen” he was quoted as saying by Mirror. The secretary also mentioned that he had an interaction with Rajiv Shukla regarding Kochi hosting few of the games. Meanwhile, he is also trying his heart out to reach out to the IPL Chairman for putting forward the request.

“I met IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla a month ago and asked him to consider holding some matches in Vizag. During that time, the Cauvery controversy was not there. Today, I tried calling him to convey our readiness to host the matches in Vizag, if they won’t take place in Chennai. But, his mobile is switched off. I hope to reach him soon” he added.

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